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message 1: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 655 comments Mod
Categories open for nomination for October 2020 are:

Love and State of the Nation

to help with choosing nominations, I have updated the threads containing the full list of books in each of these categories, showing which books have already been read - hopefully these are useful:

Love List

State of the Nation List

so let's have those suggestions...


Bryan--The Bee’s Knees (theindefatigablebertmcguinn) | 565 comments Love: The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

SOTN: How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman


message 3: by Jamie (new)

Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount) (ravenmount) | 21 comments Love: Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

SOTN: Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens


message 4: by Penelope (new)

Penelope  | 37 comments LOVE: Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

SOTN: The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth


message 5: by Pamela (new)

Pamela (bibliohound) | 78 comments Love : The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford

SOTN : White Teeth by Zadie Smith


message 6: by Renate (new)

Renate | 29 comments the Good Soldier is one of my top novels of all times. Ready to discuss at any time.


message 7: by Fay (new)

Fay Roberts | 363 comments For Love I'd like to nominate Adam Bebe.

For SON The Magic Mountain.


message 8: by Penelope (new)

Penelope  | 37 comments Currently listening to Magic Mountain on audio and it is fantastic. Watch out for the translations though. my ebook copy is terrible full of awkward phrases and questionable interpretations. My paperback copy and the audible is by John E. woods and that reads well. There must be thousands of translations.


message 9: by Renate (new)

Renate | 29 comments I could not continue with Magic Mountain. I found it unbearably dull.


message 10: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 655 comments Mod
Thanks for those excellent nominations for our two October reads,
so we have 5 from each category up for voting:

Love:
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (1989) 258 pages
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (2004) 247 pages
Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson (1908) 432 pages
The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford (1915) 179 pages
Adam Bede by George Eliot (1859) 560 pages

State of the Nation:
How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman (1994) 384 pages
Dombey and Son by Charles Dickens (1848) 880 pages
The Radetzky March by Joseph Roth (1932) 363 pages
White Teeth by Zadie Smith (2000) 542 pages
The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann (1924) 706 pages

Polls going up v.soon...


message 12: by Fay (new)

Fay Roberts | 363 comments Oh it’s tense this month on the polls!!!


message 13: by Phil (new)

Phil (lanark) | 433 comments Look like Magic Mountain might win. I read this about 20 years ago because it had sat on my bookshelf since I was in my teens, glaring at me. I got through it, but other than Auto da Fe I can't remember a book that I hated so much by the end. I don't even remember why - it's probably irrational because so many people absolutely love it. Suffice to say, I won't be putting myself through it again :)


Bryan--The Bee’s Knees (theindefatigablebertmcguinn) | 565 comments Glad to hear I'm not the only one who disliked Auto-da-Fe.

I don't know--The Radetzky March seems to have pulled ahead. I read that several years back--it's one of my favorites, but we'll see about a re-read.


message 15: by Darren (new)

Darren (dazburns) | 655 comments Mod
I read The Magic Mountain about 4 years ago and, although I appreciated its greatness, I'm not in any hurry for a re-read ;o)


message 16: by Fay (new)

Fay Roberts | 363 comments I started Radetzky 2 days and have read 30 pages so far....I'm not feeling it at all yet....


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